James Byrne

Associate Dean of Student Services
Professor of Practice

With a wide-range of experience in substance abuse counseling and other work supporting clients society has identified with behavioral problems, James R. Byrne is a professor of practice who served as an Options counselor in Syracuse University’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Health Enhancement program from 2000 to 2010.  In this role, he assessed, counseled and educated students to reduce the risk of substance abuse.  Previously, he served as the manager of the Day Treatment Program for Crouse Hospital’s Chemical Dependency Treatment Services.  Byrne has presented both nationally, state-wide and locally on topics including misuse and abuse of over-the-counter drugs in college students, alcohol and substance abuse, domestic and sexual violence, and prevention programming.

Byrne is a New York State Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and was recognized as the 1998 CASAC of the Year by the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services in the Central Region. He is certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.



J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, CT

B.A., Economics (Magna Cum Laude), University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN


Addictions and recovery; motivation for behavioral change; substance abuse prevention; life skill coaching; working with mandated clients.